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Members of law enforcement watch the main protest camp 24/7 from a number of vantage points on the Cannonball Ranch.

North Dakota law enforcement officials say they've been "completely and utterly abandoned" by the federal government in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

On Friday, 12 officials wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, describing inaction by the federal government during the protests. It was signed by sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state, including Morton County, Minot, Fargo and Wahpeton.

“The federal government’s response to the events in our community has been appalling, and it is abundantly clear they have no interest in helping the citizens of North Dakota,” they wrote. “Frankly, our federal leaders should be ashamed of their lack of response to a dangerous crisis currently in progress on their own soil. Each day this lack of response continues only serves to empower criminal protesters and support lawlessness in the name of radical political agendas.”

The letter also requests support by way of 100 U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of the U.S. Marshal Special Operations Group.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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